Changed admission process due to ongoing pandemic

Due to the ongoing pandemic our admission process will be different than usual. 

For applicants for instrumental performance the following changes have been made: 

Instead of local auditions, the applicant is asked to send a link to a video recording of his/hers performance.  

If the applicant is unable to record their performance with accompaniment, the music can be performed unaccompanied.  The review panel will take the circumstances into consideration. 

The video recording must be recent and not older than 6 months. (Oldest Nov. 4th, 2019). 

Every composition or movement must be recorded live without edits. It is not necessary to record the whole program in one take. 

The applicant is asked to upload the video recording to YouTube, Vimeo, a personal Dropbox folder or any other online platform where it is viewable or downloadable. Do not send the actual video recording, just the link to peter [at]  

After the review panel has evaluated the recording, the applicant will be invited for an online interview through Skype or another video conferencing platform. 


The programme should consist of an etude which demonstrates the applicant´s technical ability and two other pieces from different periods that show diversity in technical skills and interpretation. 

Recommended pieces: 

• Winds and Brass: First movement from a Classical concerto 

• Strings: Solo piece / movement by J.S. Bach 

• Piano: First movement from a Classical sonata 

Total length: 20-30 minutes.  


Application Information

IUA employs an electronic application form.
The application process is in two steps. First applicants fill out the application form, pay the application fee and submit the application. Secondly, applicants receive confirmation that IAA has received the application.
It is necessary to include a passport photo with the application. Please note: It is possible to save the application while working on it.


The Application

An application is not valid until the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee. Applicants must submit the following documents:        
1. Certified copy of programme / course transcript(s) (PDF): 
a) Applicants should submit a detailed record of previous education (final examination or university entrance examination) from secondary education up to the present, including programmes of study taken and grades achieved. This may be submitted in Icelandic or English. Attach to the application.
b) Records of previous education in music. Attach to the application.

Admission Process

Applications are evaluated on the basis of general requirements:
Evaluation exam in music theory: May 4th, 2018
Auditions (instrumental / vocal performance): May 5th, 2018
Final results: Before end of May, 2018
Instrumental performance: 
The programme should consist of an etude which demonstrates the applicant´s  technical ability and two more pieces from different periods that show diversity in technical skills and interpretation.
Recommended pieces:
Winds and Brass: First movement from a Classical concerto
Strings: Solo piece / movement by J.S. Bach
Piano: First movement from a Classical sonata
Please note that students are expected to provide their accompaniment for the auditions.  
Total length: 20-30 minutes. 
Vocal performance:
The programme should consist of two arias and two songs that show diverse quality. The pieces should be from different periods and in different languages.
Furthermore, the applicants should prepare a monologue in Icelandic, about 2 minutes in length.
The text can be taken from an opera, musical or a play. The purpose is to show quality in interpretation and textual use.
The whole performance should take place without score or text.
Total length: 20 minutes.

Admission Requirements

General Requirements
Basic qualification for acceptance into the IAA is a secondary school exam (Icelandic: Stúdentspróf) or completion of an equivalent programme. 
Applicants who do not meet these general requirements must demonstrate maturity and knowledge that can be evaluated as equivalent to the missing education. 
Specific Requirements
In addition to the general requirements, applicants must meet additional requirements regarding their knowledge of music.  The assessment criteria are that the applicant has completed a secondary level according to the national music school curriculum guide or the equivalent.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate knowledge equivalent to at least 7th grade of secondary music school.
All those who meet the general requirements attend an evaluation exam in music theory, harmonic analysis and aural skills.

Language Requirements
The programme is conducted in Icelandic.



Opening of application: November 9, 2019

Application deadline: May 4, 2020

Admission results: May, 2020

Application fee: 5000 ISK


Application form



Peter Máté, peter [at]
Þóra Einarsdóttir, thora [at]